You should see a dentist every six months for professional dental cleanings, dental exams and necessary X-rays. These visits ensure that dental problems can be treated before they become too serious. Your dentist will also talk to you about proper self-care in between visits. This includes a discussion about the correct technique for brushing and flossing and instruction for any other recommended home-care strategies. The goal of family dentistry is for patients and dentists to work together to maintain good oral health.